Last week was Summer's 1st Birthday, my baby girl is one year old already!
I honestly can't believe it, it's gone so fast, too fast. It's been quite emotional for me and even looking at her pile of birthday cards made me well up with tears, she's too small to be one for a start, she's only in 6-9 month clothes and this first year with her has been a very difficult one. At 9 months she got pneumonia and was in hospital for a few weeks, she had to have surgery right before Christmas and it was a very difficult time for all of us.
Since leaving hospital Summer has had numerous colds and chest infections, it's heartbreaking seeing her ill all the time and of course she was ill for her birthday but we made the best of it and she soldiered on through her party like a little trouper even though she was feeling pretty poorly.
I love planning the kids parties and I've been thinking about Summer's birthday party for months, I decided to go with an owls and clouds theme because I'm obsessed with owls at the moment and I just think clouds are so cute. I found the perfect party set in Sainsburys and then chose everything else based on that.
We used the bunting from Summer's bedroom and the lovely canvas that we recently had done of Summer to decorate the wall behind the table. We put the bunting up with Command Strips and they worked brilliantly, they allow you to hang decorations but don't leave any marks or holes in your walls, I really recommend them for party decorations and we'll definitely be using them again in the future.
I love the tissue pom poms and the candy striped drinks cups, they look so cute with the paper straws and everyone loved them. My favourite thing at her party though was the cake, a friend of mine makes them and she's amazing, I sent her a photo of something I liked and told her to tailor it to my theme and what she came up with was absolutely perfect.
The owl is super cute and I love the sleeping clouds with their little eyelashes, it was exactly what I wanted and was the perfect centre piece for the party. I also made cupcakes to with little cloud cake toppers which looked adorable and were super yummy and we even had matching party bags.
For Summer's outfit I decided on a cute long sleeved vest with a number 1, her adorable cupcake tutu from Angels Face and a sparkly bow headband from What's In Lilly's Closet, I get all of Summer's headbands and bows from there so if you want some for your little one then you should definitely take a look.
Summer got lots of lovely presents, we really struggled with what to buy her though because when it's your second child you kind of have everything already but we decided on a new bigger kitchen as Summer loves to open cupboards and put things inside so we thought it would be perfect. Other than that she had some gorgeous clothes, a lovely tea set, a personalised breakfast set from Getting Personal.co.uk, some books, a ride on horse and learning chair from Fisher Price and a pretty little teepee tent to play in.
Considering she was ill Summer had a lovely birthday, I just hope that the next year doesn't go as fast as this first one.